Union Leader: Players don’t trust Goodell, NFL
According to the NFL union leader, Domonique Foxworth, the players do not trust commissioner Roger Goodell, specifically because of the Saints bounty scandal. Foxworth went on to add that he is not sure if he would be able to persuade players to have faith in Goodell even if he wanted to.
”It’s pretty obvious that there’s a gap in what would be a reasonable amount of trust …” Foxworth said. ”There have been a number of events to lead players to believe they cannot trust the league. There was a bridge beginning to be built and then there were some recent events that kind of broke that bridge again.”
Foxworth, who spoke today during an NFL conference call, said that the players want a creation of checks and balances that would be an unbiased arbitrator when problems arise between the players and Goodell. Foxworth also mentioned that during the bountygate scandal, while former commissioner Paul Tagliabue was brought in to be an unbiased mediator, he was anything but unbiased.
”When things like that happen,” the former defensive back said of Tagliabue’s appointment by Goodell, ”it’s hard for our players to believe that the league has their best interests in mind. And that makes it harder for me to do my job, and for the PA to do our jobs and for the league to do their jobs. Because we really need to agree upon things, moving forward.”
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello answered back to Foxworth’s comments and said that leader the union has not looked ahead since a new collective bargaining agreement with the league was reached a year and a half ago.
”Since 2011 the union has spent most of its time backing away from its commitments,” Aiello said in an email to The Associated Press. ”Whether on old litigation, HGH, or commissioner discipline, the NFLPA has consistently looked backwards.
”Trust is a two-way street. If the union wants to work together to build a better, safer and even more popular game, we extend our hand in partnership and respect. If the union wants to stir up old grievances and create mistrust, we will simply have to do the best we can to serve the interests on the fans, players and the game.”
The lack of trust between the players and the commissioner is something that will have to eventually be addressed.
It is hard to be a part of a company where the boss and employees hate each other.